Please send your submission to our email ( with the subject line “SUBMISSION 2015”. Open to all Ryerson University students, alumni, curators, and group submissions.

Attach a completed Proposal Application Form (DOWNLOAD) and all of the following in a Dropbox link (recommended) or a single PDF file (max 5MB) with all the required information:


1. Project Description (500 words max):

The project description should give a clear and concrete explanation of how the work will occupy the space at Ryerson Artspace. Please consider how you might utilize different parts of the gallery  (i.e. window space, high walls, etc.). Refer to floor plan and website for further details.

2. Artist/Curatorial Statement (1 page max):

The artist/curatorial statement should give a description of your overall practice as it relates to the specific project you are proposing for installation at Ryerson Artspace.

3. Technical Description (500 words max):

The technical description should include a list of all foreseeable technical requirements including equipment and materials necessary for installation in the gallery (this does not include materials to create the work).

4. Visual Documentation:

You may submit up to 15 jpegs, or 10 jpegs with a video, or 5 videos max.

Please label all works with your last name and a number.

For example: obama01, obama02, obama03…etc.


For photography/print-based/2D works please submit low-res jpegs, maximum 700 pixels on the longest edge

For video works, please include a YouTube/Vimeo link with password (if applicable)

For installation-based/sculptural works, please include visual documentation/illustration/description in the form of low-res jpegs, maximum 700 pixels on the longest edge

5. List of Works

Create a numbered list of the proposed works that corresponds to the image number from the visual documentation section (#4). Include the artist name (if applicable), title, size (inches), medium, year, and additionally for video, running time and format. Please keep all information consistent and organized.



Title: Michelle

Date: 2014

Medium: Photography

Dimensions: 20″ X 24″

6. Additional/Secondary Programming (OPTIONAL)

Please consider any ways in which you might extend or promote discussion about the work in the space. Some ideas include: speaking on opening night, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, performances, exhibition walkthrough, live readings. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. Engage your peers and friends. We strongly encourage all submissions to entertain the possibilities of additional or secondary programming.


Gallery Floorplan:






Summer Residency for OCAD University & Ryerson Image Arts Photography Students. Open to all current Photography majors & recent alumni.


Spend your summer working with a diverse group of emerging artists to develop an exhibition at the Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel! For the first time, photography majors at OCAD University and Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts will collaborate for the inaugural Art Camp Residency in downtown Toronto. Led by core faculty Robyn Cumming, Jennifer Long, and Marc Losier, a select group of students from OCAD U and the School of Image Arts will participate in events, workshops, talks, and portfolio reviews, leading towards a group exhibition of new work at the Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel next Fall Applicants will be selected on their artistic merit, availability during summer months, and interest in collaboration.

Application Checklist:

In one PDF or Dropbox link, include the following:

1. Applicant information:

• Name

• University and current year of study/year of graduation

• Preferred email address

• Confirmation of your availability to work on a body of work from May to October with the selected team. This will involve 1 to 3 meetings per month and self-directed art creation.

2. A letter of Intent (max. 400 words), addressing why you are interested in this residency and what inspires your practice.

3. Portfolio of work

• Include 10 images from 2 to 3 different series. If your work is time-based, please contact Jennifer Long at to discuss options.

• Embedded images should be approximately 8”x10”, 72 dpi

• Include an image credit under each visual. This should include the title, year, medium and scale.


Email the completed PDF or Dropbox link to before May 5th, 12 noon.

A jury will be struck to review the applications and applicants will be notified by May 18th of their acceptance.  

The Expanded Image

Opening – April 2, 2015, 7-10pm
Exhibition – April 2 – April 11, 2015

THE EXPANDED IMAGE is a selection of work made by third year photography students in a class of the same name. In this course we experiment with widening the definition of photography and exploring hybrid forms. This includes working with the moving image, site-specific installations, and the combination of lens-based media with other forms such as sculpture, drawing and painting, and sound. The exhibition is loosely organized around themes which emerged in these young artist’s work this term: freedom, light and abstraction; the construction of gender, and the transformation of space.

Featured Artists:

Melissa Bessie, Caroline Costa, Jillian Crocker, Diana Edelman, Amir Farokhpour, Lodoe-Laura, Pedro Hespanha, Emily Hole, Hayley Jones, Jacob Laird, Robert Langridge, Ellen McLaren, Petrija Petrusic Dos Santos, Camille Rojas, Evan Roy, Khristel Stecher, Imogen Wallis-Mayer, Ashley Warrington, Sarah Wong

Shelf Life by Carbon Paper


Carbon Paper presents SHELF LIFE: an assembly of Canadian arts periodicals, both living and not, for your perusing pleasure. From March 19th – 29th we invite you to grab a seat, and flip through the pages of Canada’s finest art-mag offerings from coast to coast. Housed at the Ryerson Artspace in the Gladstone Hotel, our little library will offer a glimpse into Canada’s strong and varied history of arts publishing.

Available publications will include: C Mag, Border Crossings, esse, Ciel Variable, Little Brother, Public, Canadian Art, Double Dot, Prefix Photo, Shift, Rivet, Millions, Fillip, Crit, Inuit Art Quarterly, Carbon Paper, Bad Day, Editorial, Fuse, Hunter & Cook, File, Function, Momus, Kapsula, Lola andCarousel.

In collaboration with Art Metropole, we are also pleased to present a selection of books chosen by several Canadian artists, curators and writers including Brad Tinmouth, Maryanne Casasanta, Geoffrey Pugen, Micah Lexier, Xenia Benivolski, Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, Corrie Jackson and Eunice Luk of Slow Editions.

But that’s not all! Carbon Paper is also pleased to present several unique evening performances during our occupation of the Ryerson Artspace.

Schedule of Events:

March 19th: 7pm-11pm
Exhibition Opening

March 19th: 9pm-11pm
Karaoke hosted by Alex McLeod & Brianna Lowe

March 25th: 6pm – 9pm
When I Breath the Ocean Curls
A performance by Lauren Scott, curated by Lindsay LeBlanc

March 27th: 7pm – 10pm
Clearing Spaces VI
A meditative performance by The Broadbent Sisters

March 28th, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
An installation based performance by Virgil Baruchel & Benjamin Kamino

March 29th, 6.30pm and 8pm
A sound and image based collaborative performance by Adrian Cook and Sylvain Chaussée

Look out for more information about each performance as we approach event dates.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the contributors, publications, artists and performers who have dedicated their time to this proect. And of course, a huge thank you to Art Metropole for their generosity and support.

Tall Tale – Christopher Boyne & Lena Oehmsen, Curated by Sabrina Maltese


Opening Reception: February 5th, 6 – 9 PM

February 5th – March 1st, 2015


Tall Tale presents works by Christopher Boyne and Lena Oehmsen centred around the passing on, sharing and telling of stories.The artists are inspired by folklore, familial narratives, memory and internet archives to reconstruct stories through artistic interventions. By replicating stories from the past, or adopting ones from others, the projects relate how personal experiences and received narratives are imbued with fantasy. Although the references for their narratives come from very different places— Boyne, ruminating on his relationship to the Maritimes and Oehmsen exploring America from her point of view as a European—both artists share commonalities in their ways of working by using the analogue methods of model making, and traditional photographic processes to represent past and possible events.

Boyne’s two maritime works involve toy model boats hand-crafted by the artist and documented “sailing” in waters close to his childhood home in Nova Scotia. boutilier marine is a re-creation of a boatyard; each model boat represents a boat from Boyne’s past, none of which are known to him today. Some were his own—the Green Hornet and the Ernie B—while others he sailed on, heard stories about and or saw in the water near his house. black nance portrays a fantastical boat loosely based on a boat of historical significance, the first Tancook Schooner by Amos Stevens. Though meticulously crafted, the sheer scale of the ocean renders Boyne’s models in scenes that appear to be at once believable and impossible. Thus the boats serve as emblems of the impossibility of fully rendering both his memories and the maritime folklore that fascinated him as a child.

Choosing three of America’s most iconic cities in her project SF> LA> NY (a road trip in 72 images), Oehmsen produces a fictitious road trip through text taken from status updates from social networks. Presented as a slideshow, Oehmsen’s documentation of a fabricated experience attempts to replicate the style of family slideshows from the 70‘s. Staying true to this outdated format, Oehmsen purposefully includes common ‘mistakes’—slides that are out-of-focus, upside down, and under- or over-exposed. Void of imagery, the work forces obervers to recall images that we all collectively have in our minds, whether we have physically visited these places or not. The resulting project presents a convincing story and the many layers of untruths raise questions about the commonplace in which travel is communicated today.

Curated by Sabrina Maltese

Christopher Boyne (b. 1984. Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a photo-based artist living and working in Montreal and Halifax. He holds a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from Concordia University. His work has been shown across Canada and in the United States. Recent exhibitions include solo or group showings at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Open Space, Victoria, The Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, Gallery 295, Vancouver, The Craig Gallery, Halifax and the Niagara Artist Centre, St. Catharines. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Service Cultural Consulat General de France à Toronto Award and the Dick and Gretchen Evans Fellowship for Photography.

Lena Oehmsen (b. 1983. Hamburg, Germany) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hamburg working in photography, installation and performance. She holds a BFA from Ryerson University and has exhibited in solo and group shows in Toronto and across Germany including, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. Oehmsen’s first performance premiered in the summer of 2014 in Bremen and travelled to the Stadtgalerie Kiel. She has received several awards for her work including the Artgrant Junior Prize.

Scheme, Arrangement, Sum – Parker Kay & Michael Abel


January 16th - February 1st, 2015

Opening Reception: January 16th   7:00 – 10:00PM

Originally, the architecture of the white cube was designed in a way that would allow the gallery to melt away in order to focus the viewer’s attention towards the artwork in the space. Rather than a void space, the gallery has turned into a space that says “whatever is inside these walls is art,” which gives these architectural features great power. Parker Kay and Michael Abel examine the architectural features of a gallery space and use these materials as the basis for sculptural installation. The walls, the floor, the wood and the drywall of the gallery become the artwork, negating any need for the inclusion of traditional art objects.

This is part of the Gladstone’s Come Up To My Room 2015 (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s 12th annual alternative design event. 25 installations, 40 artists, and 4000 visitors, and with an extended run of 10 days! CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. The exhibition, curated by Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram and Caitlin Plewes, as been running for over a decade and was voted the People’s Choice for the 2014 Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

Parker Kay is a multi-disciplinary artist who has exhibited in Canada and the United States. Kay strives to articulate concepts in the medium best suited to do so, for the most part using video, sculpture, images, and web-based media. Much of Kay’s work responds to an Internet-aware culture, while also exploring notions of embodiment, archival practices, and experience design.

Michael Abel is an artist born in Didsbury Alberta and is based out of Toronto, Ontario. Abel’s most recent pursuits are completing his masters in architecture at the University of Toronto, and editing a publication under the idea of art and architecture production in the age of network culture, which has created a discourse that he explores in his personal artist practice.



Our Annual Holiday Print Sale and Fundraiser is here!

November 27 – December 14, 2014

RECEPTION: November 27, 7-10pm


This event is the gallery’s largest fundraiser featuring the work of over 60 Ryerson students, Alumni and Faculty. Highlights of Full Frame include work by accomplished artists Max Dean, Robert Burley, Annie MacDonell, Andrew B Myers, Vid Ingelevics & Blake Fitzpatrick, Rafael Goldchain, Justin Somjen, Robyn Cumming, Sara Angelucci, Hugh Martin, Paige Lindsay and many more.

The reception runs from 7-10pm and includes a raffle featuring fantastic prizes from our sponsors including a $250 gift card to Toronto Image Works, A Family TIFF membership including 4 admission vouchers, A collection of photo-books from Bulger Gallery, a $100 gift card at the Drake Hotel, $500 gift card at Akasha Framing, One night stay at the Gladstone Hotel and so much more! Raffle tickets will be on sale from 4-9pm.

ALSO DJ Paul Swanson will be spinning sweet sweet holiday beats from 9pm-2am.




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Cue Depth is a playful nod at indicators of depth in two-dimensional representations. The show makes light of the two-dimensional art object’s dependence on illusion to create a sense of depth, or three-dimensional space. Vickery creates wax cast blocks poured and coloured by hand, obsessively organizing them in rigid assembly-like combinations that obscure visual comprehension. Somjen uses various materials, both man-made and organic, to manifest depth cues as objects themselves. The exhibition presents an acknowledgement of the artist’s active seeking or negating of depth to expose the photograph’s role as a flat representation of three-dimensional space.

Exhibition runs: Nov 6-Nov 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Nov 6, 7-10pm

I.M.A Gallery is now the… Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel !

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We would like to thank everyone for supporting the I.M.A Gallery all these years and hope you will continue to support us as the Ryerson Artspace! We have relocated to 1214 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 at the Gladstone Hotel Artbar. Our new website is under construction and will go live soon.

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Upcoming Show: Rock Show by Paige Sabourin


Nuit Blanche Performance Oct 4th, 2014, 7PM – 2AM

Rock Show Exhibition Reception October 16th, 2014 , 7PM – 10PM

Exhibition runs October 9th – October 26th


Paige Sabourin is one of many artists showcasing in Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, with more than 80 independent projects by Toronto’s art community and four curated exhibitions featuring 48 projects produced by the City of Toronto. For more information, please visit:



The IMA gallery will be forced to leave our current location on the third floor of 80 Spadina and move into a new space with an intended re-opening in September 2014. Currently there are two possible options for a new home and we would like student opinion on which location you think would be more suitable. Please help us decide on a new home by clicking HERE!